§ 27. Mr. BARNES
asked the Secretary of State for War what changes have been made in gun practice at Southend; if he is aware that firing from the new base is causing annoyance to the residents at Leigh-on-Sea; and whether he can stop this nuisance, which has become prejudicial to the health of invalids and nervous people of the district?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
The disturbance to which the hon. Member refers is due to the experimental firing of guns from Grain Island. Firing from Grain Island has taken place for very many years; but with the increased calibre of certain guns, the disturbance from the concussion has increased. A series of experiments has been made to ascertain the atmospheric conditions most favourable for reducing the effect of the concussion, and every effort is made to carry out the firing when such conditions prevail. But in the interests of the State it is impossible to place any absolute restrictions on the firing or to discontinue it altogether.
§ Mr. BARNES
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the question of transferring the firing to Colchester.